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Sittin' with my feet on an ice pack...

As I'm winding down for the night on these hot summer days (and believe me, my apartment is a freakin' terrarium!!), I've taken to sitting with my feet on an ice pack -- especially after I've worked out. It feels pretty darn good, and lessens the swelling and discomfort of icky post-exercise feet. ...

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Cool shower after a workout = MMMMM!

At the risk of sounding disgusting: I'm a late-night exerciser, and it's been common for me to come home after working out and just towel off without showering, and then go to bed. (I'm single, I live alone...who'd know?) However, in this summer heat, I realized that it feels so delicious to come ...

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An Idea For Fidgeters - Plant Maintenance.

I'm a MAJOR fidgeter with self-destructive habits -- hair-twirling, nail-biting, cuticle-shredding, etcetera (attractive, I know!). I also love houseplants, and have several that are big and frondy and need leaf-cleanup, trimming, stuff like that. I reailzed that plant maintenance feels soothing i...

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There's nothing worse than a holier-than-tho
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Happy that you're losing weight, or that you're thinner than you used to be? GREAT! But guess what? Your weight loss doesn't give you the right to offer unsolicited advice and "diet evangelism" to friends, loved ones and complete strangers who you feel could benefit from your new-found enlightenm...

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If you know you eat when your'e bored, eat tactile foods.

This is certainly not a new idea, but it's on my mind tonight: If you know you eat out of boredom, get yourself foods to snack on that are "stimulating" to the senses in some way. For example, baby carrots are adorable to look at and make that wonderful crunch when you chew them. Pistachios have t...

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Scale LOCATION consistency.

If you're tracking your weight with a small "stand on it and look down at the numbered dial"-style scale, put that scale in the exact same spot on the floor each time you weigh yourself, because the scale's reading can CHANGE based on how flat, even, textured or tilted the ground underneath it is.

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Wear Workout Clothing While Cleaning!

If I get dressed in workout clothes to do housecleaning, I make more of an effort to expend energy as I scrub and vacuum and dust and stuff! The lycra and running shoes help convince me that I'm engaging in calorie-burning activities! :)

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So Grateful For Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Options!

I have multiple food allergies and gluten intolerance, and I feel immense gratitude every day that the world of specialty food options has come so far. When I was first diagnosed, 18 years ago or so, there was almost NOTHING on store shelves that I could eat - I subsisted on celery sticks and lint....

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Let your gym shoes and bag air out!

Even if you use the same running/fitness shoes and gym bag every day, take your shoes out of the bag and let the bag and your shoes dry out when you get home from your workout. You'll decrease the chance of odors and prevent bacteria and mold from growing in places that would have otherwise stayed ...

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Yikes, people...don't believe every Secret of Success you read.

You know how Spark gives you that fine-print warning that "Secrets of Success are submitted by readers and are NOT scanned or edited for accuracy and truth; please do not use them as a substitute for a physician's advice"? Please, take that to heart. I have read some DOOZY hints on here that just ...

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